Hello to everyone,
One of my advanced adult students sent me this question, and we decided that it would be interesting to see what suggestions you might have.
He writes, "I wanted to get some technique advice. I need to learn how to play lightly and softly and fast all at the same time. Is there something I can do to lighten up my touch? I keep hearing pianists play long soft fast sixteenth-note runs and I want to do that. How hard can that be?!?"
I replied, "I wish there was a magic spell that I could cast on you! No seriously, it sounds like an easy question, but there are many many things coming into play here. Maybe we should focus on some easy-ish pieces with lots of fast sixteenth-notes, and see what can happen. I think it’s a lot to do with (1) not hitting the keys too hard, (2) grouping in bunches of 4 or 8, (3) pushing the sound towards the climax of the phrase, (4) keeping the fingers, hands, arms, back very relaxed, and (5) using the movement of your arms and hands and fingers and elbows and wrists to help you. Should be easy 🤔".
I'm wondering what other suggestions you might have. And maybe some suggestions for repertoire that has helped your students with this.
Thanks for your help!